QUANTITY surveying is part of the built environment industry, and is centred on providing clients with the financial, contractual and technical advice necessary to ensure that they get value for money from the buildings constructed.
A quantity surveyor’s job is to oversee all the costs involved in building projects, and to provide their clients with sound advice. This is a vital role as it ensures that the financial aspects of construction projects are managed efficiently.
A successful quantity surveyor is one who has an in-depth understanding of construction technology, project cost planning as well as control and contractual issues.
At Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, students who are interested in the built environment industry can be assured that they will receive an education that will prepare them for a successful career in this field.
Internationally recognised for their career-relevant programmes, Heriot-Watt University first came to Malaysia in 2013, and opened the doors of their brand new lakeside campus in Putrajaya last September. It ranks 33rd in the United Kingdom, fourth in Scotland and is placed in the top 10 in the UK for Building, Town & Country Planning and Art & Design by The Complete University Guide 2015.
Heriot-Watt has a long-standing record of excellence, specifically in the built environment industry in the UK that can be traced back to the 1800s. With its newly opened green campus in Putrajaya, this same highquality education is now available for students at a location that is closer to home.
Heriot-Watt University’s Quantity Surveying programme has been internationally recognised for its high-quality research and teaching, and is Scotland’s top-rated construction management department.
The programme is designed to equip graduates with the necessary knowledge and experience to ensure that built environment projects are sustainable, cost-effective and constructed to the highest standards. Staying true to their commitment in making sure that their programmes are career-oriented, HeriotWatt’s quantity surveying programme is structured to meet educational requirements for membership in relevant professional institutions. Additionally, the programme’s curriculum has also been accredited by professional bodies in the UK as well as the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Students who are seriously considering quantity surveying as a career will be thoroughly equipped with the skills and knowledge for a successful career right from the very start at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.
Students could begin with either the university’s Foundation in Science or the Foundation in Business and Design programmes. Both these foundation programmes are structured to allow for tailored entry into one of the university’s many undergraduate programmes.
Upon completion of either of the Foundation programmes, students would be able to progress into the university’s BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying programme. This three-year degree programme equips students with the basic knowledge about construction and property, while also developing their economic, legal, technical and managerial knowledge and skills.
The interdisciplinary project in the final year of this programme further allows students to undertake a quantity surveying role; which will allow them to put into practice all that they have learnt during the course of the programme.
For students who would like to further pursue this field, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia also offers a postgraduate programme in quantity surveying; MSc Quantity Surveying.